If you’re a fan of the New York Mets and have been living under a rock, go back under where it’s safe and just save yourself, no judgements. However, if you’ve been watching this train wreck of a first half, you’ve seen the Mets extremely talented players on the diamond, and a lot of them just aren’t carrying their weight.
Edwin Diaz is a primary example, the kid was absolutely lights out during his 2018 season while accumulating over 50 saves for the Seattle Mariners. Now when the Mets took on the contract of Robinson Canó in that blockbuster trade, the real gem of the deal was supposed to be Diaz and his extremely friendly, team controlled contract.
However, Diaz hasn’t been getting the job done. I mean, he was during the early portion of the season but now, it’s just anxious and uneasy to watch. In 36 games, Diaz is 1-6 with a 5.67 ERA, a 1.44 WHIP and 55 strikeouts in 33.1 innings pitched. He miraculously has 18 saves to go along however in his last 7 games, he’s been pitching to a 15.88 ERA and a 11.20 ERA in his last 15 games.
After giving the game away to the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday, Diaz spoke to reporters through his interpreter and had this to say.
“To be honest, I really don’t have an answer right now. When I go out there and pitch, I try to do my job, everyday. I think lately in this last stretch, I haven’t been able to find those 3-4-5 games in a row where I could put up 0’s, where in the beginning of the season I could. Lately, I feel I just haven’t been getting it done”
When he was asked if it was difficult to maintain a high level of confidence, the reliever said this…
“When I have a good day or a bad day, I just try and throw that to the side because everyday is a new day. So what I do is, I try to do my job every single day, I try to execute my pitches, but just right now I’m just trying to find the consistency to do that every game.”
“I want to be the closer of this team,” Diaz added.